Find the Everyday Art: August

"Art should be something that liberates your soul." -Keith Haring


While it's already August, I'm still working on images from way back in July... and this one, though technically is not a good composition, made me smile. This kid LOVES fireworks. Like a love that is super fun to watch. He gets so excited and jumps up and down and kind of flails his hands, something he's done since he could walk. I love it and never want him to grow out of it. 

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Sham of the Perfect: July Monthly Favorite

One of the ongoing projects I work on is being part of Sham of the Perfect. These mama photographers are such an awesome group of people to learn from and grow with and they inspire me a ton! This is my second year being a part of the group and I love it. 

Over at the Sham of the Perfect we share images weekly, but I thought I'd share some of my favorites today. 

July Favorite: 

 "Still life of an eight year old's bedroom."

"Still life of an eight year old's bedroom."

July Runner Up: 

 "Ice cream with Pa."

"Ice cream with Pa."

Don't forget to head over to Sham of the Perfect and check out all the other super talented artists! 

Why I love this image: Getting in the frame

"But the truth of the matter is, we want — and need — to be in pictures with our kids because these are images our children will look back at in the future, and we want them to remember that Mom was there with them." -Rebecca Gruber

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There's a reason I'm the one behind the camera... I feel SUPER weird in front of it. 

But I don't want my kids and their kids to be looking back at our family's images in years to come and wonder where I was. I want them to remember me... and the "me" they remember isn't always dressed up, with makeup on and hair done. Most days it's shorts and a t-shirt with hair up on top of my head because its too hot to do anything else in the summer where we live. But that's their mom.... those are the memories of me they'll have. So they need to be captured to have an image to go along with them as they grow older.

My friend Lisa, an amazing mom and photographer, has a project called "I Was There Too." She's so inspiring with her images where she's in the frame... I need to follow Lisa's lead and get in the frame more too! 

I'm starting a new series, more of a type of visual journal, called "Why I love this image." 

Sometimes they may not be "technically" perfect images, but I still love them. I feel like with your own photography, you kind of learn the rules so that you can become better, but sometimes you either don't remember all the rules, OR you intentionally break them to get the art you're trying to create. 

I absolutely love documenting our family this way, and it would be an honor to spend time with your family to capture some of your "everyday normal" reality! Contact me today to start the conversation!